The best education for your child

We work with families in over 40 countries and more than 200 schools throughout the UK, ensuring each student's safety, wellbeing, success and happiness whilst in UK education.

How we support parents

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Finding the best UK school for your child

What is it like as a parent to send your child off to boarding school in the UK?

Watch our video below to see how other parents (and children!) cope and how Academic Families helps international students adjust to UK boarding school life.

We work with 200+ schools in the UK


Our network of quality boarding school extends all across the UK and includes institutions in cities, towns and rural areas.

Our team regularly visit our partner schools and are on a first-name basis with school staff.

Which one is best for your child?

We will help you find out.

The many benefits of a UK education

The UK is renowned for its quality education, and boarding schools are as good as it gets.

Top quality education

A secure, stable environment

Gain independence

Develop social skills

Practice languages skills with native English speakers

Make friends from
around the world

We were very happy with all the support we got from Lorna, Sophie and the Academic Families team. They were always available for what we needed.

A thousand thanks for giving us the peace of mind that our children were in good hands.

Alejandra, mother of 14 year old twins, Mexico

Why use Academic Families?

We offer honest advice to help you find the best UK school for your child.

We provide exactly the kind of support for your child that we would want if we were sending our children overseas, and in fact, all of our staff have direct, personal experience with boarding schools.

We visit schools regularly and know them inside and out – the atmosphere they offer, the academic and social environment your child will be in - so we know where your child will fit in best.

Our accreditation is evidence of our reputation for quality

You can rely on our nurturing care and support

We have a flexible, can-do attitude

We go the extra mile!

Our friendly team is available around the clock

We add a personal touch to make children feel special

How to get into a UK boarding school

Here at Academic Families, we know the British education system and we can guide you on your way to getting a world-class education for your child.

  • School selections

    Are you interested in sending your child to boarding school in the UK, but don't know where to begin? Don't worry - we are here to help!

    Through our consultation process, we work with you to understand what you and your child are looking for in a boarding school. We have detailed knowledge of over 200 schools here, and we will help you identify the top ones to apply to.

  • Applications

    We can manage the paperwork, help you prep for interviews and exams, and even introduce you personally to the school admissions staff.

  • Enrolment

    We'll help you review your offers, select the best school, complete your enrolment and prepare your visa application. And we'll enrol you on our guardianship programme to ensure you have complete support throughout your child's UK schooling.

  • Travel to the UK

    As soon as your child lands in the UK, we will manage their transfers, ensuring their safety with our registered drivers.

  • Academic success

    We already understand your child's abilities and aspirations, and we'll continue to support them throughout their British education experience.

We are all here to help

Academic Families doing airport drop off

Living and studying away from home is an excellent opportunity to broaden your child’s horizons, boost their independence and encourage them to reach their full potential.

You might be wondering what to expect from everyone who will be looking after your child while they're in the UK. Just like you, we all want to make sure your child is safe, supported, happy and successful.

We’ve put together a brief summary of the key roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in caring for your child in the UK.

Have a question?

Academic Families Director speaking to a Kazakh student

Choosing the best education for your child leads many families to consider British schools and universities. However, it is not an easy decision to make.

Our team works hard to understand the needs and strengths of your child, match them to the UK boarding school best suited to their needs, and support them throughout their time in the UK.

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Quality you can trust

Academic Families has personal and professional experience with boarding schools. Many of our staff attended boarding schools themselves when they were young or have worked in them. We have all lived overseas and most of us are mothers, so we understand how important it is to find the very best education for every child no matter where that might be in the world.

From our headquarters in Edinburgh to our local staff across the UK, our team regularly visits hundreds of British schools. Our excellent knowledge of the UK education system and certification from the British Council means we understand UK boarding education from the inside and out, and know how to ensure the best education for each child.

In addition, our guardianship service has been fully accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) since 2016 so you know, with Academic Families, you're guaranteed to have the best local support anywhere in the UK.

Moreover, our team are trained MHFA Mental Health First Aiders so we are qualified to support our students with any wellbeing and mental health concerns.

AEGIS accreditation
British Council
UK English Partner Agency
MHFA England